Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® We-X
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Below and on the pages that follow, please find employer profiles of the 2015 MVEs. The brief snapshots capture some of the highlights regarding why these military-friendly companies were recognized as winners, and why they are employers worth seeking out if you are a military-experienced job seeker.
Werner Enterprises (Omaha, NE): Werner Enterprises is a freight carrier and transportation and logistics company. In conjunction with the White House, Werner pledged to hire 1,000 Veterans each year for five continuous years starting in 2012. In December 2014, Werner met and exceeded this goal, having hired 5,109 veterans. About 20 percent of the workforce is veterans. “Werner established the very first apprenticeship program in its industry that focuses on veterans,” says Rick Buchholz, Government Hiring Manager. Eligible veterans who have G.I. Bill benefits can receive up to $14,215.20 of their tax-free benefits in addition to their Werner pay. More than 45 corporate Werner Associates are trained to recruit and hire veterans.
Westgate Resorts (Orlando, FL): Westgate Resorts has former military personnel at all levels including C-level executives, resort management, information technology professionals, engineering, call center leaders, sales and marketing. “In fact, our Chief Operating Officer is a retired Air Force Officer, and both our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer are former military,” says Clint Boldt, Executive Director of Team Member Services Field Operations. In 2014, Westgate participated in a variety of military job fairs, and 3.4 percent of new hires had military experience. The company has given more than 2,000 free vacations in the past two years to soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Westgate has also donated to charities for wounded warriors.
Whelan Security (St. Louis, MO): Whelan Security is one of a handful of companies in the contract security industry that has significant experience servicing critical U.S. infrastructures. “Veterans and their experience are valued where the company is responsible for security operations and major contingency planning agreements,” says Mark Porterfield, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer. Whelan maintains a partnership with Employer Support for Guard and Reserves and is registered with the Army Career Alumni Program. Local branches partner with military bases, military career fairs and/or career centers to attract talent. Whelan recruiters participated in a social media campaign in December 2014 specifically targeting members of the National Guard and Reserve Units.
Xcel Energy (Minneapolis, MN): In 2014, Xcel Energy, a major electric and natural gas company, signed a National Statement of Support with the ESGR. It participated in more than 30 veteran-specific job fairs across the country, connecting with more than 4,000 job seekers and more than 1,400 veteran applicants. “We also implemented a robust social media marketing strategy to engage veterans all over the country,” says Kynnie Martin, Senior Recruiter, Veterans and Diversity (Martin was named a 2014 winner of the “Top 40 Under 40 Military” by CivilianJobs.com). Xcel Energy has implemented training for transitioning veterans using curriculum called “Bring Your A Game to Work,” which teaches veterans about their corporate culture.
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